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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Education Association

2005 Positions

Issues: Education
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ralph Anderson 100%
SC State House 61 Lester Branham, Jr. Democratic 100%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 100%
John Drummond 100%
Dick Elliott 100%
Robert Ford 100%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 100%
Charles Alexander Harvin III 100%
Jesse Edison Hines 100%
Mack Hines, Jr. 100%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 40 Charles Bradley Hutto Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 100%
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 100%
Kenneth Kennedy 100%
John Land III 100%
Phil Leventis 100%
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 32 John McGill Democratic 100%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 100%
Tommy Moore 100%
Kay Patterson 100%
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 100%
R. Thayer Rivers, Jr. 100%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 100%
Jefferson Verne Smith 100%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 100%
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 97%
Floyd Breeland 97%
Anne Parks 97%
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 96%
Joe Brown 96%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 96%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 96%
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 96%
James Neal 96%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 96%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 96%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 95%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 94%
Paul Agnew 93%
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 93%
Eldridge Emory 93%
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 93%
Brenda Lee 93%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 93%
Vida Miller 93%
Harry Ott, Jr. 93%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 93%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 92%
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 90%
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 90%
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 90%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 90%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 90%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 90%
Linda Short 90%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 90%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 89%
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 89%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 88%
Olin Phillips 85%
Thomas Rhoad 83%
SC State House 122 William Bowers Democratic 81%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 80%
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 80%
SC Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell Republican 80%
Randy Scott 80%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 80%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 77%
SC State House 53 Ted Vick Democratic 76%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 75%
James Battle, Jr. 70%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 70%
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 70%
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 69%
Denny Neilson 68%
William Mescher 63%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 63%
E. DeWitt McCraw 58%
SC State Senate 34 Ray Cleary III Republican 57%
James Ritchie, Jr. 56%
David Thomas 56%
Herbert Kirsh 52%
SC State Senate 43 George Campsen III Republican 50%
Becky Martin 43%
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 40%
Scott Richardson 40%
William Cotty 38%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 37%
Lewis Pinson 36%
Ronald Parker Townsend 34%
Daniel Cooper 33%
Glenn Hamilton 33%
Greg Ryberg 33%
Phillip Sinclair 33%
Daniel Tripp 33%
Lanny Littlejohn 32%
Robert Perry, Jr. 32%
Joan Brady 31%
Thomas Dantzler 31%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 31%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 31%
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 30%
Marty Coates 30%
SC State Senate 16 Chauncey Gregory Republican 30%
John Hawkins 30%
Michael Thompson 30%
Robert Walker 30%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 30%
Ken Clark 29%
Marion Frye 28%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 28%
Donald Smith 28%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 28%
SC Council Member 3 George Bailey Republican 26%
James Harrison 26%
Richard Chalk, Jr. 25%
SC State House 106 Nelson Hardwick Republican 25%
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 24%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 24%
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 24%
SC State House 4 Davey Hiott Republican 24%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 24%
SC State House 114 Robert Harrell, Jr. Republican 23%
Gloria Haskins 23%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 23%
James McGee III 23%
SC State House 3 B. R. Skelton Republican 23%
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 23%
Thad Viers 23%
Harry Cato 22%
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 21%
Shirley Hinson 21%
SC State House 110 Harry Limehouse III Republican 21%
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 21%
William Witherspoon 21%
John Graham Altman III 20%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 20%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 20%
Rex Rice 20%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 18%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 18%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 18%
SC State House 118 William Herbkersman Republican 18%
Annette Young 18%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 17%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 17%
Robert Leach, Sr. 17%
SC State House 48 Ralph Norman Republican 17%
SC State House 5 Phillip Owens Republican 17%
Wallace Scarborough 17%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 17%
William Smith 17%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 17%
Catherine Ceips 15%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 15%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 14%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 14%
James Stewart, Jr. 14%
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 13%
Scott Talley 13%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 13%
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 11%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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